Prohibiting Religious Services Makes the First Amendment a Coronavirus Victim

While governments are shutting down religious services and fining pastors who defy those orders.

by Ira Stoll

A Massachusetts pastor, Kristopher Casey, will be punished with a $300 civil fine for convening more than 10 people at his Sunday church service. If he does it again, the fine will increase to $500, and he could face criminal charges, reports.

And where has the press been in the face of what seems, on its face, to be an egregious violation of the First Amendment’s protections of peaceable assembly and the free exercise of religion? The newspapers have been basically cheering it on.

“The constitutional guarantee of civil liberties is not absolute, and its abridgment is not necessarily an act of tyranny,” a Washington Post editorial advised.

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